Looking at a 2007 Nissan Altima w/ 145K miles

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I'm looking for a used car for my daughter who is about to get her license and ran across a 2007 Nissan Altima sedan in my price range. It is very similar to a 2008 Nissan Altima coupe that I had a number of years ago, with the same QR25DE 2.5 liter inline four engine and Jatco CVT transmission. I bought that car new and owned it for about 5 years / 65K miles. It was very reliable and a pleasure to drive.

Does anyone have first-hand experience with and/or knowledge of this vehicle's high-mileage reliability, powertrain issues and maintenance to be aware of, etc. Whether or not the timing chain has been done is something that I'll definitely ask about.
 
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Nissan CVTs seem to have a pretty bad reputation, at least until more recent years (say 2012 or later - it may vary by model).

Timing chains are not a maintenance item on any vehicle, are they ? You may be thinking of a timing belt.
 
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Didn't the QR25 engines in those years tend to lose intake butterfly valves and/or suck up the pre-cat into the engine? I remember they were a miserable motor (for the long-haul) in their early years, this might be one of them. Someone correct me if this is a later year and the problem was remedied by 2007.

Aside from that, like others have mentioned, the Jatco CVT in that model is not known for reliability; quite the opposite.

The car itself, I had a 2 week rental around that same year, is a joy. The 2.5L feels plenty strong and powerful with the CVT. I didn't mind the rubber-band effect (my first time driving a CVT); it was always in the powerband when you needed throttle, with none of the more modern CVT fake shifts, which I'm not a fan of.
 
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Someone here has one with a ton (maybe close to 300,000) of trouble-free miles. I can't remember off the top of my head who it is.
 

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The main thing is rust. 15 rust belt winters can be crusher time.

Check the front and rear subrames, bushings, etc.
 
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I used to think very highly of Nissan, but that was in the glory days (pre-Renault merger) after that I viewed them as a Japanese Chrysler and I would not even give a Nissan the time of day these days. As others have noted, Nissan has a BAD reputation with CVTs. Nissan = turd, Nissan with CVT=turd sprayed with skunk smell!
 
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If it was made in 06 I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. Those had cat fails that drew ceramic particles into the cylinder back through the exhaust ports. Make sure it is not a late 06 sold as an 07. Rear sub frames cracked and rotted on them, then the CVT issues. The things are as durable as plastic railroad tracks. The more I think about it I would hard pass.
 
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I’d steer clear. All issues mentioned above and also known to have issues with exhaust manifold/precat unit. They would crack on the top weld of the pre cat. Have to replace the whole header. $400 if you don’t mind wrenching yourself. Not a bad fix but coupled with the known CVT issues, I’d pass.
 
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